If you remove the student age references, most descriptions of Montessori-style education sound remarkably similar to innovations proposed for higher education ... again and again and again... Why don't these old innovations take hold widely and deeply enough to satisfy their advocates? In what ways, and where, are these innovations already working effectively? For how long? Montessori's ideas, practices, and materials have influenced many teachers and many schools, even beyond the thousands of institutions that operate under her name today.
"Montessori education is characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological development, as well as technological advancements in society. Although a range of practices exists under the name "Montessori", the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and the American Montessori Society (AMS) cite these elements as essential:
From - Montessori education - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Mixed age classrooms, with classrooms for children aged 2½ or 3 to 6 years old by far the most common
- Student choice of activity from within a prescribed range of options
- Uninterrupted blocks of work time
- A Constructivism or "discovery" model, where students learn concepts from working with materials, rather than by direct instruction
- Specialized educational materials developed by Montessori and her collaborators."
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